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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Czech-American Emil Kapaun awarded for his gallantry during the Korean War

Born in a small hamlet founded by some 40 Czech immigrants in the middle of Kansas, and named after famous Czech city of Pilsen, Emil Joseph Kapaun (1916-1951) is to be awarded Medal of Honor, highest US military award by US President Barack Obama on April 11, 2013. Among some 3400+ recipients in last 150 years, Kapaun is only the third Czech receiving such a honor, after Prague-born flagbearer Leopold Karpeles, who was fighting bravely during the Civil War, and William J. Lukes, native of Northern Bohemia, who took part in an infamous 1871 Korean campaign and took part in US attack at Ganghwa Island.

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